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Saturday, 22 February 2014

'pale collared' Jackdaw at Reynoldston

We saw this bird feeding on the green at Reynoldston today with more typically marked birds. I have no idea whether these 'Nordic' lookalikes are the real deal or part of our local variation, but can't help suspecting the latter. However, it's worth noting these birds and it would be interesting to hear of others locally - I know there is a regular bird in Pembs, which I believe is a local breeder (photos Sandra Stewart).


Phil B said...

Interesting bird Barry. I've seen some similar to this in Finland, but the better examples there are even more striking, with a noticeably paler grey hindneck than ours and with pale/whitish border to rear of black cap. But they do vary.

Barry Stewart said...

Cheers Phil - yours and observations elsewhere certainly indicate making any claim to a Jackdaw's race may be flawed without having dna to back it up! Checkout the these birds for e.g .